The Zolnerowich Bratva is a Russian Mafia based out of Volgograd. Rising to power in during the fall of the Soviet Union in the city of Volgograd, the gang was formed by former U.S.S.R soldier, Nikolai Zolnerowich grew to become the dominate criminal organization in the city and surrounding area.
The Bratva substantially increased their holdings in Russia, making them one of the most powerful criminal organizations in Russia as well as all of Europe.
The bratva got it's start after the Soviet Union feel in 1991, the eventual head of the bratva Nikolai Zolnerowich, a former solider in the Red Army set up a small time racketeering and protections operations in Volograd. The intail group of 12, while not big compared to the other gangs in the area qucikly distinguished itself from the others by extreme levels of violence. Anyone paying protection money to them was assured protection after one incident when a local shop owner had a dispute with a disgruntled customer. Said customer was found in the street with his skull kicked in the next day.
The Gang's number grew they began expanding there crime ring to include drug trade and started hijacking shipments from Volograd's industrial sectors which included both raw materails including steel, aluminium and oil to be sold to other countrys and other criminal orginizations. Around this time was also when the bratva opened various underground gambeling parlors, most of which involved rigged games only allowing enough of the patrons to win in order to keep busniess coming.
Playing to there strengths in intimidation and brute force the bratva also made a succesful income through hired killings. The bratva also during this time started stock pilling Soviet era weapons and began selling to the militant groups and other criminal orginizations, these profits were put to use in buying more sophisticated weapons for the bratva.
While the bratva orginaly dealt in human trafficking, they switch operations to exotic animal trafficking do to high profit margins, relativly low risk and compartivly lenient penalties for getting caught. It would however return to this busniess venture in mid 2012. With profits from there less savory ventures the bratva started to start legitimate business in Volgograd's industrial sector, including the production of industrial machinery. By 2002 the Bratva had become the dominate criminal force in the city and surrounding area and started to make ventures into the U.S North East. The bratva however suffered series of set backs while trying to establish itself in the states, including a number of rival gangs and authority figures and couldn't properly establish itself until six years later. But with the help and consent of the Cobranie and Mannino Crime Families, the Bratva started increases it's presence in the States with there Animal Trafficking, and even manged to increase there gangs numbers with local Russians they encounted.
In early 2011, with the consent of the Westmore Syndicate, the bratva started there Animal trafficking operations in England, for a cut of the profits accumulated from the area.
On March 25/26th After failed attempts to convince the Kingdom of Angels to relinquish their overseas operations, a joint coalition believed that they had no choice but to attack and forcefully take their holdings. The bravta attack and successfully took the Kingdoms holdings in Yekaterinburg, St. Petersburg, Alaska, Chukotka, Camchatka and Yakutja.
In April the bravta signed a peace treaty ending hostilities with The Kingdom of Angels.
Despite it's rapid growth the bravta, after seeing what happened to the Kingdom of Angel, the bravta decided to pull back to Volgograd in Russia and limit it's over seas operations to strength it's holding in Russia.
In mid-2012, the allied with The New Raj.
In early 2013, the Bratva, through means both legal and not so legal, gained control of a an oil feild in east Siberia, which is now operated as a legitimate business directly by the bratva's Obshchak, Ivan Pajari.
Most recently the bratva has entered into a deal with Los Sicarios to allow the bratva access to exotic animals found in their territory for 50% of the profits for the sale of any animal taken from the area. also made deals with Los Sicarios that has them smuggle the Bratva's human captives over the border into the U.S, as well as a deal letting the Bratva sell the Los Sicarios superior Meth in the their European territories.
In the USEdit
Following Nikolai's move to the US with his family and the set up of operations in New York City and Miami, the Bratva began actively recruiting any local Russian immigrants in the area to increase their holds in the cities as well as bringing a fairly large portion of their own men from their more secure European holdings.
Russia: The Bratva is based in Russia, specifically Volgograd is it's base of operations, but it had holdings across the country and is considered one of the most powerful gangs in the country.
South America:Not an overtly strong presence, only allowed in the region do to deal with other gangs for the exotic animal trade.
Africa:Same as South America.
New York City: The Bratva has had a presence in the city for a few years, but growth was relatively slow Nikolai himself moved into the region to improve the holdings. With his aggressive management and active recruitment of Russian immigrants, the Bratva's strength is starting grow.
Miami: Recently, Los Sicarios, Los Hombres de la Gabardina, and the Bratva moved in and took control of Miami with assistance of Cicada. Using the city as the base of their Florida operations, the Bratva has begun expanding throughout the state.
Orlando: After moving into Miami, the Bratva began moving into other cities, Orlando included. While their presence is not overtly large, it is growing extremely fast, with number growing from local Russian immigrant recruits.
Tampa: Same as Orlando.
Columbia, South Carolina: One of the Fist US holdings of the Bratva, having been present in the city 2012 has given the Bratva firm hold in the state.
Augusta, Gerogia: Another early US holding of the Bratva, has a strong presence in the city.
Virgina Beach, Virgina: Same as Richmond.
Memphis, Tennessee: A holding acquired after Nikolai arrived in the US. In the following months after moving in with no major competition, the Bratva has been able to make it a strong US hold of theirs, and is now the strongest gang in the City.
Detroit, Michigan: Another recent holding, while one of the newest holdings, it is by far the one with the fastest growing level of influence for the Bratva. Four months after their arrival, with no Major competition from other organized crime families, the Bratva became the strong gang in the city.
- Pakhan- Leader of a Russian crime family or gang.
- Sovietnik- The advisor to the Pakhan.
- Obshchak- The treasurer and chief book marker.
- Brigadier- A leader of a group of lower ranking members of the family or gang.
- Boyevik- A member of the family or gang who carrys out crimes and operates rackets.
- Kryshas- An enforcer and debt collector.
- Torpedo- A hit man for the family or gang.
- Byki- A bodyguard for higher ranking members of the family or gang.
- Shestyorka- An associate who does jobs for the family or gang but is not a full member.
- Pakhan- Nikolai Zolnerowich
- Sovietnik- Oleg Sokolov
- Obshchak- Ivan Pajari
- Boyevik- William Lagounov, Artur Markovic
- Kryshas- Stefan Aleksandrov, Evgenii Kyznetsov
- Torpedo- Slava Volkov
The Zolnerowich bratva makes it's income through various illegal methods. Originally it was protections and racketeering but soon it expanded into virtually every form criminal activity including drug running, hijacking, murder, mercenary work, and various other unsavory ventures with there biggest payday coming from animal trafficking. One of the bravta's more profitable business ventures is alcohol smuggling, while alcohol is legal is Russia smuggling it in allows the bravta to avoid paying taxes and fees normally required when bringing alcohol into the country, the grain alcohol is supplied by overseas breweries, the alcohol is dyed blue shipped in containers labeled as windshield washer fluid, and this after this the dye is removed, packaged as vodka and sold to unknowing consumers.
Due to the corruption and economic problem in Russia, The bratva has access to old Soviet Military equipment, which is more often sold off or leased out to other crime groups. This includes but is not limited to Helicopters, Ship and Submarines.
There specialty is enforcement, there brutality makes them not only effective enforcers but allowed them mussel competition out of there territory's. They favor less subtle methods, leaving brutal and bloody messes when they "take care of business", which helps to intimidate there enemies.
In Mid 2012, the Bravta started once again traffic humans, in addition to there animals. Currently the operation is fairly small and is based out of eastern Europe.
Because of the nature of the exotic animal trade. the bravta has several overseas operations in Africa and South America, as well as a North America. However, in the case of the South American and Africa operations, the Bravta generally doesn't have many true bases, most of the business comes from contacts with local thugs who capture the animals and bring them to one of the few bravta operating points on the continent. Because the locals generally don't know the true worth of the animals, generally the most paid for an animal is $500, and as low as $10. At this point the animals are shipped to buyers, generally in the U.S and Europe.
The bravta operates several legal business. Some are small markets, stores through which the bravta sells the illegally imported alcohol, as well is breweries, where said alcohol is prepared for sale and bottled. In Volgograd, the bravta owns and operates a a factory in the industrial sector, called Volgograd Industies , which mostly makes construction equipment and vehicles.
Most recently, the Bratva has gained control of a oil field, through a combination legal and illegal means.
|Illegal Oil Trade||850,000,000|
|Military Hardware Trafficking||10,000,000,000|